About us

We are a group of organisations and individuals with a passion for participatory arts and an understanding that working together to strengthen support for those working in the field will bring benefits for everyone involved. 

Coming together as ArtWorks Alliance enables us to do more - more swiftly - to develop participatory arts than we can each achieve on our own. We can support better both the organisations delivering participatory arts and the artists working in the field, leading to higher quality experiences for participants.

Our work is ambitious and far-sighted. You can find out who we are here. And you can join us here too.

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ArtWorks Alliance is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, with additional project funding from Creative Scotland. 


ArtWorks was originally developed by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


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ArtWorks Alliance and its partners have created a huge library of research materials, reports and other resources. These all feature in our Knowledge Bank which is fully searchable and being added to all the time - and its free to everyone to use.

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Holding the Space

Date: March 2019 | Posted by: Mary

Adrian Sinclair from partner Heads Together Productions looks at the ‘why, what, how and who for' of training pathways for those wanting to pursue a career as participatory artists and reflects on the power of coaching in the UNION programme.

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How participation won, and why it matters

Date: February 2019 | Posted by: Mary

Kathryn Deane, visiting Professor at York St John University in the International Centre for Community Music, reviews François Matarasso's A Restless Art.

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A question of capacity

Date: January 2019 | Posted by: Mary

John Whall from Derby QUAD is the ArtWorks Alliance digital participation champion. Here he explores issues around mental capacity and creative work by participants in an edited version of a blog from DigitalpARTicipationis…No-one wants to participate in participation designed by somebody else following a Soap Box presentation at the 2018 Engage international conference A Social Prescription.

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A more collaborative creative economy

Date: December 2018 | Posted by: Mary

Catherine Rogers, from Alliance partner Creative Leicestershire, continues her blog about a recent British Council funded partnership development visit to Brazil.

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